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December 2009

Geometry Students Create Art Using Quadrilaterals

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Fri, 12/11/2009 - 13:29
Christopher Taylor, SJHS Staff Writer
Quadrilateral art projects displayed in Mrs. Gleave's classroom.

“What’s the point of learning math if we can’t apply it?” asked Mrs. Corrin Gleave, the geometry teacher at SJHS. Geometry students are learning to apply the math they have learned to various shapes, angles, and lines. One of these shapes is the quadrilateral, or four-sided shape. Students recently made special art projects using all seven of the special quadrilaterals which include the kite, trapezoid, isosceles trapezoid, parallelogram, rhombus, rectangle, and square.  Students can make anything from a rocket to a house, and many of them have enjoyed this activity very much.

Many students feel that using the seven special quadrilaterals to make art is a good way to help you remember and understand them. Elizabeth Elliot, a ninth grader in geometry who made a paper house for her project, said, “It’s really visual. It’s a different and fun way of learning.” Mrs. Gleave said, “We deal with so many shapes in geometry that sometimes it gets tricky keeping track of them all. By using the seven special quadrilaterals to generate an art project, each student has the chance to analyze these shapes.” Students in geometry agree with Mrs. Gleave that this project has not only been fun, but has helped them learn about the seven shapes they were using as well.

SJHS Choir Shows their Christmas Spirit at Concert

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Fri, 12/11/2009 - 12:47
Chelsea Ricks, SJHS Staff Writer

On Thursday December 2, 2009, the choir preformed their Christmas concert at Springville Junior High. This included the Apprentice Singers, Knightingales, and Master Singers. Some of the songs that the master singers sang were songs from all over the world. Both the Knightingales and Master Singers danced during some of their songs. 

Cami Sumsion, a Master Singer at Springville Junior High, said, “I chose to take choir and tryout for Master Singers because it was fun and challenging at the same time.” The choir students practiced singing their songs during class. “We practice our songs by singing them, and Mrs. Walker will stop and fix what needs to be fixed in that song,” said Braden DeFreese, another Master Singer.

The choir will be performing some of these Christmas songs for the school right before the Christmas break.  

Band Christmas Concert on December 15th

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Fri, 12/11/2009 - 12:43
Kara Dunn, SJHS Staff Writer

The students in Mr.Booth’s seventh, eighth, and ninth grade band classes have been working hard the last few months to prepare for their annual Christmas concert. The concert will be held on December 15th from 6:00-8:30 p.m. in the SJHS auditorium. 

“I’m really excited for the concert,” Bailey Jones, an eighth-grade band student at SJHS, explained, “It’s awesome, and I really like our music.”

Every year Mr. Booth starts his band classes off early learning their Christmas pieces and preparing to perform. “They will be ready for the concert,” Mr. Booth, SJHS band director, explained, “They’ve been working very hard.  I’m looking forward to some excellent performances. It’s nice to see and hear the result of hard work and dedication.”

The band concert is not only made up of Christmas music, but also of a lot of different types of music like classics and other genres. 

Ms. Neeley: amazing English teacher at SJHS

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Sun, 12/06/2009 - 14:17
Morgan Bowser, SJHS Staff Writer
Ms. Neeley

Ms. Rachel Neeley is just one of the amazing teachers here at SJHS. Ms. Neeley teaches seventh-grade English, yearbook, and creative writing. This is Ms. Neeley’s sixth year teaching. Ms. Neeley said, “I wanted to be a teacher ever since I was little. I loved reading and writing when I was in school. I was pretty good at it, so I decided to teach English.”

Ms. Neeley loves teaching is because of her students and some of the funny stuff they say.  In creative writing, one of the assignments is a list of 52.  A group of boys is writing "52 Ways to Get Dumped.” Ms. Neeley said, “It was a hilarious list of things boys could do to get dumped.” The students think she is funny to. Ethan Knowlton, a seventh-grade student, said, “she teaches well, but she still knows how to have fun.  She is such a cool and fair teacher; she knows how to talk to us.”

Students agree that her class is really fun. Katy Kendall, a seventh grader, said, “I like the activities.”  Marissa Colson, another seventh grader said, “When something funny comes up we all laugh, it’s one of my favorite classes.” Spencer Duncan, an eighth grader in her yearbook class, said, “Ms. Neeley is so nice and fun to talk to.”


Mrs. Sue Tarin, Teacher, Secretary, and Friend at SJHS

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Sun, 12/06/2009 - 14:11
Kara Dunn, SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Tarin hard at work.

Springville Junior High is blessed to have so many wonderful faculty members to work with and rely upon. One of these many members is Mrs. Sue Tarin, Springville Junior High’s new counseling secretary and friend.

“I love working with Mrs. Tarin; she’s nice and is also very helpful,” Mrs. Monica Distefano, a counselor at Springville Junior High, said.

“I started working here because I already worked for the district and I was looking for a full time job. When this one became available, I took it,” Mrs. Tarin explained.

Mrs. Distefano explained that Mrs. Tarin has a big job. “There is a lot to learn and remember. She’s done a great job of jumping in and figuring things out,” she explained. 

Mrs. Tarin is more than just a secretary. She is also a mother and friend. “One of my hobbies, I guess, would be considered raising my family,” Mrs. Tarin explained. 

“I like having my mom work here, she’s always right there if I need her to sign some papers or other things,” Veronica Tarin, a seventh-grader at Springville Junior High and the youngest child of Mrs. Tarin, said.

Mrs. Tarin tries her best to look out for everyone around her. “If I could change one thing about this school, I would take away some of the trials and hardships that some students have to face at this age. It’s not fair at this age, to have to go through some of these things.” 

Mrs. Tarin, just like anyone else, has her fair share of dreams she would like to soon accomplish. “I’ve always wanted to learn how to golf and fly fish,” she confessed. “My kids make fun of me, but I think it would be fun to learn.”

Mrs. Tarin enjoys working at Springville Junior High and hopes to keep working for the next few years. “I’m looking forward to spending the next twenty or so years working here, until retirement.”

Contestants participating in Make it With Wool contest

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Sun, 12/06/2009 - 14:05
Chelsea Ricks, SJHS Staff Writer
Caryn Crandall, SJHS student, took 4th place in the district Make It With Wool competition.

Last week the Make it With Wool competition took place at Mapleton Junior High School. The Make it With Wool competitors sew outfits that are at least 60% wool.  The contestants who entered this competition spent many hard hours working on their projects.

The night before the fashion show of Make it with Wool, the contestants had their item judged. The judges base 40% of their evaluation on sewing and 60% on fashion, marketability, and how the contestants accessorize. After that night, the contestants smiled for the cameras and showed what their hard work was for: the fashion show.

If the contestants win districts, they have the opportunity to go to state to compete with people from all over the state. If they win state they then go to nationals to compete!    

Caryn Crandall, a ninth-grade contestant in Make it with Wool, has been doing this competition for a long time. She enjoys doing it because, “It’s fun to learn about sewing, and I love shopping for all of the accessories.” It took Caryn a very long time to sew her outfit that she entered with. Caryn made a skirt, jacket, and dress all made out of wool. It took a lot of hard work, but Caryn said she enjoyed doing it! Caryn Crandall competed against high school students and took fourth place; she'll be continuing onto state.

Something’s cooking at Springville Junior High

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Sun, 12/06/2009 - 14:04
Julie Barbosa, SJHS Staff Writer
Jarom Hendricks and Seth Daybell making pies in Mrs. Luke's foods class.

We’ve all seen those old black and white commercials. The ones with women in aprons standing over kitchen stoves. But not at Springville Junior High, where eighth and ninth graders have the opportunity to take foods class. However, they’re not alone with raw ingredients and dangerous tools, they have Mrs. Natalie Luke.

When you walk into foods class, the heavenly aroma of fresh baked goods and flour cling to the air, not the ordinary classroom smell of dusty books and chalk. Mrs. Luke has been teaching foods to eager students for seven years, and loves every hectic minute, “I love the interaction with fun kids who share their lives with me.”

The students don’t make boxed macaroni and cheese or toast, but make everyday meals. From homemade pasta to exotic sweets, these students have it all. They get to trade their text books and homework for food and fun. Mrs. Luke is there to educate them about a variety foods and the proper use of potentially dangerous tools, “I love to teach foods; It’s a skill everyone needs.”  Students couldn’t agree more. Ninth-grader Weston King said, “Its fun! Mrs. Luke is a great teacher!”

Students in Mrs. Maughan’s English class learn from history

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Sun, 12/06/2009 - 13:57
Christopher Taylor, SJHS Staff Writer

Many people feel that one of the great things about English class is that it can incorporate all other subjects.  Students can write a science fiction story or read a book about history.  Mrs. Maughan, an English teacher at SJHS, has been helping her students learn from historical literature.  Students in Mrs. Maughan’s class have recently been reading the play "The Diary of Anne Frank."  The play is about a Jewish girl who lived during the Second World War. She lived in The Netherlands when the Nazis took over and was forced to go into hiding in a secret room above her father’s business. The students have been reading for a little while, and are now just starting the second act of the play.

But how does learning history help you in English class? According to Mrs. Maughan, not only does it help you learn about something in history, but it helps you become a better reader and thinker as well.  She also said Anne Frank is a great thing to read because “It’s really relatable to kid’s lives, since Anne is the same age as them.”

Most students are really enjoying reading Anne Frank. According to Brock Randall, an eight grader in Mrs. Maughan’s class, it is exciting and fun to read about the history of the Second World War, especially about the Jews that had to go into hiding.

Now that students are really getting into the play, they are starting to understand the characters more.  In the second act of the play, the characters are getting  to know each other and starting to learn things about one another and treat others differently. But it is hard to live in a small area with seven other people. Brock said, “In Act 1, they are just getting used to each other and the place they live in. Now that they know each other they are a lot meaner.”  According to Mrs. Maughan, there is more tension between one another now that they have been living together longer. Most kids in Mrs. Maughan’s class are excited to find out what will happen in the end.

Two weeks of pickleball at SJHS

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Sun, 12/06/2009 - 13:56
Jack Setzer, SJHS Staff Writer
Two PE students playing pickleball in Mrs. Anderson’s class.

Every year, girls' PE teacher Mrs. Kelly Anderson has her students play a sport with a paddle and wiffleball. The sport is called pickleball. “Most students seem to enjoy it,” said Mrs. Anderson. The girls are all done for this year, but they play pickleball every year.

Students use different strategies. “In rallies, I always aim for the person who looks bored, because they probably aren’t paying attention,” said Jamie Devenish, a seventh grader. Eighth-grade student Darby Farr said, “If they’re far back, I hit it softly, and if they’re close, I hit it hard so they can’t get it.”

“I would play pickleball at least twice a day, no doubt,” said seventh grade PE Girls student Amanda Ripley, “If I had the time.”

New Moon Craze at SJHS

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Sun, 12/06/2009 - 13:38
Morgan Bowser, SJHS Staff Writer

What is it that girls can’t wait for any longer? It’s New Moon. Many girls have been anticipating the release of New Moon, the second of four movies in the Twilight Saga.

Mrs. Mary Rice, an English teacher at SJHS, said she got into the series when a friend told her that Stephanie Meyer was going to be talking about Twilight at BYU. She then went and  read the books.

As much as the books are loved, most can agree that they aren’t perfect. Victoria Ireland, an eighth grade student, said, “The beginnings are really slow.” Savannah McNitt, another eighth grade student, said, “Bella is so ditzy.”

One of the greatest things about this book is the characters. Many people fight over who is better, Edward the vampire whom Bella is in love with, or Jacob the werewolf, whom is Bella’s best friend. According to Savannah, she likes Jacob because he is cuter in the movie. “I like both; it just depends,” said, Victoria.

So whether they are a Jacob fan or Edward fan, lots of students and teachers are excited for this movie.


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